Environmental Health and Radiation Safety Training
The following training programs are required by the Occupational Safety & Health Administration (OSHA), the Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC), and The Commonwealth of Pennsylvania (DEP), for all employees who work with hazardous substances including: chemicals, human blood, blood products, fluids, and human tissue specimens and radioactive materials. These programs are presented by the Office of Environmental Health & Radiation Safety (EHRS). Attendance is required at one or more session, depending upon the employee's potential exposures.
Introduction to Laboratory Safety at Penn (Chemical Hygiene Training): Provides a comprehensive introduction to laboratory safety practices and procedures at Penn and familiarizes the laboratory employee with the Chemical Hygiene Plan. This course is designed for employees who have not previously attended Laboratory Safety at the University. Required for all University employees who work in laboratories. September 8, 9:30 a.m., John Morgan, Reunion Auditorium.
Laboratory Safety-Annual Update: This program is required annually for all laboratory employees who have previously attended Chemical Hygiene Training. Topics include chemical risk assessment, recommended work practices, engineering controls and personal protection as well as an update of waste disposal and emergency procedures. Faculty and staff who work with human source materials, HIV or hepatitis viruses must attend the Laboratory Safety and Bloodborne Pathogens-Annual Update (see course description). September 9, 1:30 p.m., John Morgan, Reunion Auditorium.
Radiation Safety Training-Annual Update: This program updates radioisotope users on current radiation safety issues and practices. It is required of all personnel who work in areas where radioisotopes are used or stored. September 9, 2:30 p.m. and September 16, 11:30 a.m., John Morgan, Reunion Auditorium.
Introduction to Occupational Exposure to Bloodborne Pathogens: This course provides significant information for employees who have a potential exposure to human bloodborne pathogens. Topics include a discussion of the Exposure Control Plan, free Hepatitis B vaccination, recommended work practices, engineering controls and emergency response. This course is designed for employees who have not previously attended Bloodborne Pathogens training at the University. Required for all University employees potentially exposure to human blood or blood products, human body fluids, and/or human tissue.September 14, 10:30 a.m., John Morgan, Reunion Auditorium.
Laboratory Safety and Bloodborne Pathogens- Annual Update: This program is required annually for all faculty and staff who work with human source material, HIV or hepatitis viruses and have previously attended Occupational Exposure to Bloodborne Pathogens. Issues in general laboratory safety and bloodborne pathogens are discussed. Topics include bloodborne diseases, risk assessment, recommended work practices, engineering controls and personal protection as well as an update of waste disposal and emergency procedures. Participation in Laboratory Safety-Annual Update is not required if this program is attended. September 16, 10:30 a.m., John Morgan, Reunion Auditorium.
Occupational Exposure to Bloodborne Pathogens (In a clinical setting) * Required for all University faculty and staff who have potential clinical exposures to blood and other human source material. It is intended for employees with direct patient contact, or those who handle clinical specimens, and administrators who routinely work in a clinical environment. Topics include: risks, protection, work practice controls and emergency procedures. This course is designed for employees who have not previously attended Bloodborne Pathogens training at the University. September 23, 9:30 a.m., 1 Founders, MRI Learning Center.
*Registration is required for this course. Please call Bob Leonzio 898-4453.
Radiation Safety Training-New Worker: This program provides information on fundamental radiation concepts and requirements for the use, storage and disposal of radioactive materials at Penn. Personnel working in laboratories where radioactive materials are present are required to attend this training before beginning their work followed by annual attendance at the training program described below. Training can be completed on-line at their website (www.oehs.upenn.edu) under Radiation Safety Programs, Training for Credit. Alternatively, New Worker Training is given the third Thursday of each month at the Office of Environmental Health & Radiation Safety, Blockley Hall, 14th floor conference room.
Attendees are requested to bring their PENNCard to facilitate course
sign in. Additional programs will be offered on a monthly basis during the
fall. Check EHRS website www.oehs.upenn.edu
for dates and time. For more information please call Bob Leonzio at 898-4453.
Almanac, Vol. 45, No. 2, September 8, 1998